May 16th, 2008
07:10 AM ET
13 years ago

Eight Edwards delegates now moving to Obama

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[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/15/art.edwardsobama1.gi.jpg caption="Obama picked up several of Edwards' delegates Thursday."](CNN) – At least six of John Edwards' pledged delegates in South Carolina will throw their support to Barack Obama following Edwards’ endorsement of the Democratic frontrunner, bringing the total number of delegates switching to Obama on Thursday to eight.

One Edwards delegate from Iowa, Machelle Crum, came out for Obama on Thursday morning, as did New Hampshire delegate Joshua Denton. Crum made the decision after receiving a phone call from Edwards supporters encouraging her to make the switch.

In South Carolina, Daniel Boan, Christine Brennan-Bond, Robert Groce, Susan Smith, Mike Evatt and Lauren Bilton - all elected as pledged delegates for Edwards following his third place finish in the primary there on January 29 - announced Thursday they will follow Edwards’ lead and pledge their support to Obama at the Democratic National Convention in August.

John Moylan, the Columbia attorney who directed Edwards’ campaign in the state and is now serving as an alternate delegate for Edwards, appeared on CNN’s “American Morning” Thursday. He stated his support for Obama and hinted that more members of the Edwards delegation would follow later in the day.

“I didn't reach all eight of them, but I can tell you that at least six of the eight are prepared to endorse Senator Obama,” Moylan said this morning.

He added: “I think you will see overwhelming support of John Edwards delegates standing with John Edwards and now standing for Barack Obama.”

Bilton appeared on the show alongside Moylan and confirmed that she, too, is now supporting Obama.

Boan, Brennan-Bond and Groce, all reached by phone or e-mail, confirmed they will switch their commitment to Obama. In a separate e-mail, Moylan said that Smith and Evatt will also move into Obama’s camp.

The remaining two delegates supporting Edwards in South Carolina are Marilyn Hemingway, who told CNN she would continue to support Edwards, and Tim Moore, who said he is waiting until the primary process concludes before deciding whom to back.

Obama had reached out to Edwards' South Carolina delegation even before winning the endorsement of the former North Carolina senator. Last Thursday while in Washington, the Illinois senator arranged a conference call with the delegates to introduce himself and take questions about his campaign

soundoff (514 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Stand Strong
    For Change

    OR

    Fall Hard
    For The Same!!

    May 15, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. David D Kollie

    Quick, quick, quick. do it let it be over with. We want to start concentrating on the general election.
    Hillary has made history. Now we know that a woman can be president in this country. But it is time for unity. No more political bickering with one another. Let us move on.

    May 15, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. dani

    Wow-not on your front page cnn.
    But you plaster Bush's lies and smears all over your page.
    I guess you are now fans of McCain.
    Edwards endorsements are pushing Obama over the top and you hide the news.
    Typical cnn.

    May 15, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Goodbye Hillary

    Stick a fork in her becuase she is DONE!!

    And i think the lady in the pants suit is singing loud and clear.

    Obama '08!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Clinton obama

    Edwards and Obama had this all planned to take away the attention of Hillary's win in WV.
    Is this the new kind of politics?

    May 15, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. good for america

    Thank goodness people can finally come together on this. Edwards will only help here. Hillary has been courting this for herself for months. Let's move as one, get the republicans out of the White House.

    May 15, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. Pompano Beach, FL

    ...the force is strong in him...

    May 15, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. sinceer

    I think this is a good thing change go Obama

    May 15, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Terry in Fl

    Of course Edwards cronies are going to support Obama. Their hope is that edwards becomes VP and that some domestic terrorist rids us of Obama, therefore putting Edwards into the catbird seat. The white mens political power just amazes me.

    May 15, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. And the winner is...

    On to the General Election.

    May 15, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Linda

    Great, the groundswell is on

    May 15, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Trokon

    CNN, please tell Hillary and Bill Clinton to come on board to correct Barrack delegates because it is all over. It is only George Bush who knows it well as he spoke in Jerusalem today. Bush who negotiated with Libya and North Korea knows that Barack has won; therefore, he spoke about Barack policy in Jerusalem while he is the mess for this nation. He forgot that Libya did the worse things to the country he spoke in today. President Bush to back to the bush. Barack is the new leader with vision.

    May 15, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Simply_Kris =Democrats UNITE !!

    I am for Obama, but respect Hillary supporters.Its high time to call it quits to all the intra-party fight and fight againt the re"pube" lican party.
    We dont want a sooper old man to preside this country, god knows if he will even make it till the end of the term, if elected !

    Also i dont think "Roger" is a democrat.He is a repubelican who wants to split us.Its about time we identified the wolves is sheeps skin and isolate them.

    Democrat(Obama) 08

    May 15, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. John B. From New Hampshire

    CNN, why is it that 7 of 13 blogs are about clinton? the other 6 are split between obama and mccain, the two potential nominees. The Clinton News Network shines on!

    Obama '08

    May 15, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. Democrats unite!

    Democrats UNITE !!

    I am for Obama, but respect Hillary supporters.Its high time to call it quits to all the intra-party fight and fight againt the re"pube" lican party.
    We dont want a sooper old man to preside this country, god knows if he will even make it till the end of the term, if elected !

    Also i dont think "Roger" is a democrat.He is a repubelican who wants to split us.Its about time we identified the wolves is sheeps skin and isolate them.

    Democrat(Obama) 08

    May 15, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Democrat(Obama) 08

    Democrats UNITE !!
    Democrat(Obama) 08

    I am for Obama, but respect Hillary supporters.Its high time to call it quits to all the intra-party fight and fight againt the re"pube" lican party.
    We dont want a sooper old man to preside this country, god knows if he will even make it till the end of the term, if elected !

    Also i dont think "Roger" is a democrat.He is a repubelican who wants to split us.Its about time we identified the wolves is sheeps skin and isolate them.

    May 15, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Lets unite Democrats

    Democrats UNITE !!

    I am for Obama, but respect Hillary supporters.Its high time to call it quits to all the intra-party fight and fight againt the re"pube" lican party.
    We dont want a sooper old man to preside this country, god knows if he will even make it till the end of the term, if elected !

    Also i dont think "Roger" is a democrat.He is a repubelican who wants to split us.Its about time we identified the wolves is sheeps skin and isolate them.
    Democrats UNITE !!

    May 15, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. Bobby

    Way to go! All the to the White House BABY!!!!!!

    Obama 2008!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Abdulazeez Musa

    the bits and pieces are falling into their rightfull place. The curtain fell at North Carolina and the campaign light of HRC went off at Indiana

    Congratulations all trues democrats and the republicans impersonating as democrats

    May 15, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Tom

    All aboard the Obama express train is leaving for the White House:)

    May 15, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. HamptonU1992

    I'm so excited! Senator Obama is on his way to helping us to change this country so that all of us have access to the American Dream! We are the change that we've been waiting for. I can't wait to get to work turning this great country around for the better.

    Senator Obama and Senator Edwards, thank you for caring about this country more than yourselves.

    May 15, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. Big Tex

    Da flood gates are now open. Hell-ary, watcha gonna do when da Super Delegates run ya over! Da fat lady is singing. Can you hear her?

    Si Se Puede!!!

    May 15, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. CHICANO ART, ARIZONA

    I know a lot of people that like Edwards. I think it would have meant something before N. Carolina voted. He lost in N. Carolina in 2004. Maybe is presense is an omen.

    May 15, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. peter

    WOW!!!!!!!! Edwards endorses Obama.....One more such boost and Obama will end on Planet-of-No-return. America will then Unite...

    May 15, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. Kris from AZ

    Can you smellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll what the Barack is cooking. Obama the poeples champ!

    May 15, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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